Programs

Student Support Services hosts programs of varying formats to raise awareness, provide support, develop community and engage the community in learning about first-generation, low-income, and undocumented students.

On Campus

Student Support Services provides a variety of assistance to students with food security issues. Please contact Student Support Services at studentsupport@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2435 to learn more. You may also fill out a quick form requesting assistance (bit.ly/FoodSecurityUChicago). 

Please note requests are reviewed during regular business hours (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). For urgent needs or afterhours requests students may also contact the various Emergency Resources on Campus, including the Dean-on-Call program.

We encourage you to contact us if you or a student you know is experiencing hunger, worried that food will run out, or has to skip meals. SSS staff can help students access the resources below and guide students in finding additional resources not listed. 

  • Current Resources
    We currently offer three main resources. Two resources, Hyde Park Produce Voucher (HPPV) and the Dining Commons Meal Credit (DCMC), are available year-round and Spring Break Meal Program (SBMP) is offered specifically during the week of spring break. Please note these resources are meant as short-term assistance. If you or a student you know could benefit from longer-term support, please contact Student Support Services to explore other options.
    • The Hyde Park Produce Voucher program is available for students from autumn 2018 through spring 2019. It consists of a $50 credit to Hyde Park Produce.
    • The Dining Commons Meal Credit program offers five meal swipes for use (for any meal) at any of the three dining commons on campus.
    • Spring Break Meal Program provides access to three meals a day for the week of spring break. Students have a “pick up” or “dine in” option. 
  • State Resources
    • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
      • Apply: Call 217.782.2166

SSS hosts monthly government benefits information sessions.  If you would like to learn more about state resources, please attend one of the sessions below.  If your schedule conflicts with the sessions or if you need help applying for benefirst, please contact SSS.

  • Local Food Pantries
    • Hyde Park Union Church
      Address:     5600 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
      Phone:        773.363.6063
      Frequency: Every Saturday from 10am – 1pm
    • KLEO Community Family Life Center
      Address:     119 E. Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637
      Phone:        773.702.2939
      Frequency:  First Wednesday of each month from 2-5pm
    • St. Paul & Redeemer
      Address:     4945 S. Dorchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
      Phone:        773.624.3185
      Frequency: Every Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:30pm
    • Comer Children’s Hospital
      Address:     5721 S. Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
      Phone:        773.702.1000
      Frequency: Open to patients and families every day

To find a food pantry near you, please visit: www.chicagofoodbank.org/find-food
Please call food pantry directly or check their website to assure you are eligible and have all required materials.

  • Update: As of March 20, 2020, we are actively working to revise the calendar for the Spring Quarter. We will continue providing food security resources and support to first-generation, lower-income, immigrant, undocumented students throughout the Spring Quarter. Please contact us at studentsupport@uchicago.edu if you need any assistance. 

  • Butterfly Support Group 
    • The Butterfly Support Group is a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe space for students who would like to gain support and insight on dealing with the stressors surrounding immigration policy and changes that may impact you or your family.
    • Contact SSS (call 773.702.2435 or stop by the 2nd floor of CI+I) for full details.
    • Dates: 
      • Monday, April 6 
      • Monday, April 20 
      • Monday, May 4 
      • Monday, May 21
    • Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • SWAG Online 
    • SWAG is designed to provide you with an encouraging community of writers to help you develop an awareness of your writing process and make measurable progress toward your writing goals. This program is open to all graduate and professional school students and postdocs who are working on a major writing project (e.g. dissertation chapter or proposal, journal article, thesis, etc.; however, completing short-term assignments is not ideal for this program). Please be aware that the objectives and activities are tailored to the students of color, first-generation, low-income, and/or immigrant students. 
    •  Each Friday online co-working session lasts for 4 hours and will consist of goal-setting, focused writing time, and communal debrief. By the end of the sessions, you'll have developed an awareness of your writing process and made measurable progress toward your writing goals—all within an encouraging community of writers. There will be two instructive workshops throughout the quarter, focusing on strategies to improve your writing process and techniques to maintain your commitment to writing practice. Please note that this program is intended to support your writing process and productivity, not the content and mechanics of writing. 

    • Link to application: http://bit.ly/SWAGspring
    • Application deadline: Sunday, April 5, 2020, 11:59PM CST 
    • Meeting times: Every Friday 9:00AM-1:00PM
      • Friday, April 10 - Friday, May 29
  • Self-Compassion: Challenging Your Inner Critic
    • Do you often think about what you said/did and beat yourself up? Think back to your past and fixate on what you should have done differently? You’re not alone and can do something differently! When we believe our inner critic, it can take a toll on our well-being and capacity to thrive. Underrepresented minority students in particular can internalize messages of worth and expectations to succeed. Join us in this workshop to learn more about ways to be self-compassionate and not give our inner critic the power to take over our lives.
    • RSVP through Grad Gargoyle: https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com
    • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 5:30PM
    • Location: TBA
  • Undocumented Student Ally Training
    • The Undocumented Student Ally Training provides participants with tools and promising practices to support undocumented communities, with a focus on UChicago students. Open to members of the campus community who identify as allies or would like to be identified as allies.
    • Registration for general session: http://bit.ly/SSSAllyTraining
    • Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
    • Contact us to request a training at a different time: studentsupport@uchicago.edu
  • SSS Graduation Celebration
    • Thursday, June 4, 2020 
    • Location and Details: TBA 

The Spring Break Meal Program (SBMP) provides access to free, healthful meal options as well as opportunities for students to build community over spring break (March 23 - March 27). 

Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who already experience food insecurity or anticipate experiencing food insecurity during spring break may be eligible to receive food resources and access support through the program.  SBMP is a collaboration of the Center for College Student Success, Student Support Services, and UChicago Dining.
Community events are open to all.  

Application Link: https://ucinclusion.wufoo.com/forms/q11786xe0cq368r/

Application Deadline: March 15 at 5:00PM 

The application involves a few questions about your personal situation and food preferences. 

Update: As of March 13, 2020, Spring Break Meal Program will still be available for students. We will send out more information in an email to all those who have already filled out the form. However, the associated social activities will be cancelled. 

  • Butterfly Support Group 
    • The Butterfly Support Group is a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe space for students who would like to gain support and insight on dealing with the stressors surrounding immigration policy and changes that may impact you or your family.
    • Contact SSS (call 773.702.2435 or stop by the 2nd floor of CI+I) for full details.
    • Dates: 
      • January 13 
      • January 27 
      • February 10 
      • February 24 
    • Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • SWAG
    • SWAG provides FLI and multicultural students with an encouraging community of writers to help develop an awareness of writing process and make measurable progress toward writing goals. SWAG is open to all graduate and professional school students and postdocs who are working on a major writing project. Participants meet weekly; program is by application only.
    • Link to application: http://bit.ly/SWAG20w
    • Application deadline: January 5, 2020, 11:59PM CST 
    • Meeting times: Every Friday 9:00AM-1:00PM
  • FLI Network Winter Social
    • Celebrate the start of a new year and quarter by connecting with students, faculty and staff members in FLI community over dinner.
    • RSVP: http://bit.ly/FLISocialw20
    • Thursday, January 16, 5-6:30 pm at Community Lounge, CI+I
  • Undocumented Student Ally Training
    • The Undocumented Student Ally Training provides participants with tools and promising practices to support undocumented communities, with a focus on UChicago students. Open to members of the campus community who identify as allies or would like to be identified as allies.
    • Registration for general session: http://bit.ly/SSSAllyTraining
    • Date: Friday, February 7
    • Contact us to request a training at a different time: studentsupport@uchicago.edu
  • Self Care to Increase Productivity and Resilience 
    • Students in a highly competitive environment, such as UChicago may feel intense pressure to succeed even at the cost of our well-being. We might sacrifice sleep, skip meals, or withdraw socially to work harder and get more done. Underrepresented minority students are especially impacted. When we stop caring for ourselves we often struggle to keep up with our work, engage with our friends and family in the way that we would like, and have a fulfilling life. Join us in this workshop to learn more about ways to care for ourselves in an active, empowering way to increase productivity and resiliency.
    • Thrive Collaborative Workshop
    • Registration through Grad Gargoyle: https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/
    • Date: February 5, 12-1:30 pm

Click on "events" above or see below for programs this quarter. All events are free and held at CI+I, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave. 

Soros Info Session

  • 10/7/19 12:30-1:30 pm
    The P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans is a generous fellowship open to immigrants and children of immigrants. Learn about the opportunity, tips for applying, and hear from a UChicago Soros Fellow. Organized in collaboration with UChicagoGRAD's Fellowship Office.

SWAG

  • Application deadline: October 5, 2019 11:59pm CST.
    SWAG provides FLI and multicultural students with an encouraging community of writers to help develop an awareness of writing process and make measurable progress toward writing goals. SWAG is open to all graduate and professional school students and postdocs who are working on a major writing project. Participants meet weekly; program is by application only. Application deadline: October 5, 2019 11:59pm CST. Participation by application only. Contact SSS with any questions. 

FLI Champions Kick Off

  • Application deadline: 10/14/19 at 11:59 pm CST.
    The FLI Champion program matches FLI students with FLI faculty or administrators for a self-directed, coaching-style mentorship commitment. In this session, participants will meet their pair, review participation roles and expectations, get FLI swag, and connect with other Champion participants. Participation is by application only.
    bit.ly/FLIChampions19

UndocuWorkshops

  1. DACA Updates and Know Your Rights 
    11/20/19 5-7
    Representatives from the National Immigrant Justice Center will detail the recent news regarding the DACA program and will lead a Know Your Rights presentation. Legal screenings are available upon request in registration link.
    Register: bit.ly/112019SSS

  2. The Undocumented Student Ally Training provides participants with tools, and promising practices to support undocumented communities, with a focus on UChicago students. Open to members of the campus community who identify as allies or would like to be identified as allies. Contact us to request a training: studentsupport@uchicago.edu.

Thrive Collaborative: Belonging & Community

  • 12:30–2:00 pm
    This workshop provides a safe space for FLI* and multicultural students to enhance their well-being and mental health as a tool to better navigate the institution and be successful. Organized by Student Counseling Services, Student Support Services, and UChicago GRAD. 
    *First-generation, lower-income, and/or immigrant

Butterfly Support Group 

  • The Butterfly Support Group is a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe space for students who would like to gain support and insight on dealing with the stressors surrounding immigration policy and changes that may impact you or your family. To get involved please email: mirivas@uchicago.edu
  • October 23 | Meet and greet

    October 30 | First meeting

    November 13 | Second meeting

    November 20 | Third meeting

    December 4 | Final meeting

Have an idea for an event, an activity, or a need on campus that directly impacts first-generation, low-income, undocumented, and/or immigrant students, particularyly graduate/professional students? Submit it to SSS!

SSS is pleased to support student-led program or event initiatives. These initiatives include, but are not limited to lectures, invited speakers, social activities, community engagement, art initiatives, and other programs or events on topics that pertain to first-generation, low-income, undocumented, or immigrant students at the University of Chicago. Individual research or travel by UChicago students will not be considered. SSS collaboration may include, but is not limited to, planning, financial, marketing, and/or thematic support. To have your idea considered, please submit a proposal.

Proposal guidelines:

  • Proposal should include a description of the proposed activities including:
    • Basic logistical information: title, date, time, place
    • Participants: main participants, such as invited speakers including UChicago affiliates, moderators, workshop leaders
    • Audience: intended audience and ways to engage them
    • Description of the content and thematic significance
    • Itemized project budget including, whenever available, other funding sources secured or sought
  • Participation in all activities must be free.
  • The event must take place at the University of Chicago Hyde Park campus or in a venue within Chicagoland.
  • Individual research projects or travel by University of Chicago students and faculty are ineligible proposals.

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Please submit your proposal to studentsupport@uchicago.edu or drop off a hard copy at 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Please contact studentsupport@uchicago.edu with any questions.

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